Saturday, 15 April 2017

A Spring in our step

A gorgeous (and huge) white Aquilegia in the gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers

Another day in the garden, and despite a slow cold start, it was a lovely sunny one - I occupied myself washing pots and planters, potting-on seedlings, and generally enjoying the plants almost growing before our eyes... and the wildlife! We have a host of different types of bees, hoverflies and butterflies pay us a visit, a regular pair of blackbirds, robins, tits and even a wren. And they are all helpful in their own way. Our rambling rose "Veilchenblau" was covered in a thick coat of aphids a few weeks ago, and then they began to disappear. Here is the reason why...

Hoverfly larvae are not the prettiest of beasts, I can't deny - and easily mistaken for a nibbling caterpillar. However, being basically a stomach with stubby little legs, this unlovable creature's capacity for eating greenfly is remarkable! Together with a couple of ladybirds, the grubs polished off every last one of those sap-suckers - and the rose is saying thank you, with what promises to be a wonderful show of blooms next month.

I love our garden. So - while this good mood is still upon us - Let's Dance!

Sixties TV show clips include:

The Avengers (Diana Rigg, Patrick Macnee)
The Andy Griffith Show (Don Knotts)
The Addams Family (Carolyn Jones, John Astin)
The Dick Van Dyke Show (Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore)
Gomer Pyle USMC (Jim Nabors)
The Patty Duke Show (Patty Duke)
The Doris Day Show (Doris Day)
Gidget (Sally Field)
Batman (Adam West, Victor Buono, Ziva Rodann)
Bewitched (Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Joy Harmon)
Gilligan's Island (Tina Louise, Bob Denver)
I Dream of Jeannie (Barbara Eden)
Mr. Ed (Alan Young)
The Beverly Hillbillies (Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer, Bea Benaderet, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs)
That Girl (Marlo Thomas, Slim Pickens)


  1. What a beautiful aquilegia, Jon. I have a pink one out this very weekend, too!

    1. We are expecting a good show from our aquilegias, having just moved them all into the same corner of the garden - a small pink one has just arrived, and a couple of others are about to "pop". They are racing the foxgloves and delphiniums, methinks. Jx


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